I’m so excited to share this DIY Christmas countdown idea and video with you. And I’m offering the free cut files too!
I love Christmas! I seriously start counting down once the kids go to school in the Fall, so this Christmas countdown was so fun for me to make! And I’m excited to show you guys how to make it too!
- Wood Plaque- 12×16 inches (from Amazon here)
- Silhouette Cameo 4
- Removable Vinyl– free cut file below
- Craft Paint (red, green, white)
- Paint Brushes
- Hooks (from Amazon or Home Depot)
- Number Tags- I used these wood ones and drilled a hole in the top. Or use the free cut file below
- Vinyl tool kit (optional- but SO nice!)
- Drill or screwdriver
- Picture Hanging Kit (optional)
Time needed: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
How to make a Christmas Countdown
- Paint Wood
Start with a blank piece of wood. Mine was 12 inches by 16 inches. Paint the whole thing with white craft paint.
- Cut Vinyl
I used my Silhouette Cameo 4 to cut my vinyl. Use my free cut file (download at the end of this post). You can either use vinyl for your words, or use the vinyl as a stencil, like I did.
- Place Vinyl & Paint
Make sure the paint is COMPLETELY DRY before you place your vinyl stencil. Place the vinyl on the top of your board, making sure to stick the edges down really well. Use a Popsicle stick or a vinyl scraper (linked above) to make sure the paint doesn’t seep under the vinyl. Then paint the stencil with craft paint.
- Remove Stencil
Let the paint dry, then remove the stencil. I always use my weeding tool (linked above).
- Add Hooks
Measure 3 1/2 inches from each side, and up 7 1/2 inches from the bottom. This will be where your hooks will go. Use a drill or a screwdriver to attach the hooks. Make sure to use the correct size hooks (linked above).
- Make Countdown Tags
Use 4×6″ wood pieces (linked above), and drill a 1/2″ hole in the center, 1/2″ from the top- Or cut cardstock with the free cut file provided below.
- Add Countdown Numbers
Apply vinyl numbers. Make sure to make 2 sets- each double sided. Be careful not to put the same numbers on the same tag- for instance, don’t put a 3 on one side of the tag and put a 3 on the other side. You want 2 sets with a number 3 on one side and a number 4 on the other side.
- Add Hanger
You can prop this up with an easel, or if you want to hang it on the wall, add a picture hanger to the back. I always keep a picture hanger kit on had for things like this (linked above.)
Download Free Cut Files:Christmas Countdown- PDF
If you used this tutorial in your own home, I would love to see photos and share them here on my blog! Please email completed photos to Nat@thecreativemom.com
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